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Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

How do you teach the same concepts and skills to students with diverse abilities and interests? Different learning profiles? And how do you do that in real classrooms, with limited time to plan? Differentiated instruction is one answer that has been extensively...

Teachers, It’s Time We Appreciate Ourselves

Teacher Appreciation Day used to be agonizing. I’d anticipate the day with all kinds of hopes and dreams. I’d imagine that students, their parents, and my administrators would show appreciation in a way that matched the effort I’d invested. I was always disappointed....

Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

We live in a stressful world, and the stress is heightened for students and educators when it’s time to prepare for high-stakes tests. When test scores are tied to school funding, teacher evaluations, and students’ future placement, the consequences of these stressors...

Preparing teachers for change – in and outside of the profession

Every year in March, education ministers and union leaders of the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems (according to PISA) meet to seek ways to improve the status of the teaching profession. Many countries could use such guidance. While in...

US: Teacher-Prep Slow to Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

As social-emotional learning gains traction in schools, many teachers are coming into their jobs unprepared to develop students’ skills in areas like self-awareness and navigating relationships, advocates say. That’s because many teacher-preparation programs don’t...

No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

A decade ago, I watched college students break out for small group work on hallway benches, on the floor in the corner, and standing at tables. I noticed that kindergartners could learn while standing, kneeling, huddling under a table, and even sitting in a wooden...

Empowering teachers to improve equity and inspire learning

The expectations for teachers are high and rising each day. We expect teachers to have a deep understanding of what they teach and to keep up with the rapidly expanding knowledge base; to be passionate, compassionate and thoughtful; to make learning central and...

12 interesting new edtech tools for teachers

The New EdTech Tools post for this months features a number of interesting web tools and mobile apps which you can use for a variety of educational purposes. From automatically generating citations in both MLA and APA styles to virtually exploring the most popular...

Role-Play as an SEL Teaching Tool

Before young people can begin to apply social and emotional skills in their daily lives, they need time to practice these skills and get feedback on their practice. Research tells us why: Social and emotional learning takes place in the brain’s limbic system, which...

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum

As defined by Jeannette Wing, computational thinking is “a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts of computer science.” To the students at my school, it’s an approach to tackling challenging questions...

How teachers see the classroom redefined by the cloud

The Library of Alexandria was one of the most important libraries of the ancient world. Its vast number of scrolls, collections of works, lecture halls, and meeting rooms were a boon to education. In many ways, the cloud has the potential to have just as revolutionary...

US: Teacher-Made Lessons Make Inroads

On a February morning, 3rd graders here at Bellaire Elementary were discussing types of surprising treasure found in the novel Treasure Island. Their teacher, Meredith Starks, confidently navigated through the 50-minute lesson that ended with students writing a...

Teachers: Online learning goes 2.0 with new technology

Video tutorials in the style made famous by Sal Khan of the Khan Academy changed the face of education, empowering anywhere, anytime learning. However, they were Tutorials 1.0. We now have Tutorials 2.0. The LightBoard has arrived. A Giant Leap Forward to More “Human”...

Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

We educators may be tempted to believe that once students develop growth mindset, they are adequately prepared to face life’s challenges and changes. But growth mindset is not nearly enough by itself to thoroughly outfit anyone with all it takes to attain their full...

A Focus on Self-Improvement

Educators often say that practice makes perfect. But what should that practice look like? Psychological research reveals that not all practice is equally useful. Mindless repetition is an inefficient way to improve any skill, and short sessions of high-quality,...

Getting Beyond the Teacherpreneur

When we talk about innovation and entrepreneurship in education, we usually talk about individuals: the creative teacher down the hall or the principal who has a higher-than-average tolerance for risk. The term teacherpreneur—referring to someone who leads from their...

Lessons from Ghana: A cost-effective way to train teachers

With inputs from Deborah Mikesell, Peter Darvas and Natasha Somji In 2012, Ghana faced a daunting challenge. There was a wide disparity in the percentage of trained teachers and in learning outcomes, between the economically and educationally disadvantaged districts...

5 Ways to Bridge the Gender Gap in STEM

Keep the Celebration, and Encouragement, Going Year Round With These Ideas Last week, we celebrated International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month. There are some great conversations going on about the amazing women who are breaking barriers and helping...

Utopian thinking: why not put children in charge of their schools?

We are living in interesting times, and that shows no sign of changing. We are ready for new solutions. What you so often hear from all sides of an argument is that they are “doing this for our children’s future”. Yet that future is one of the biggest unknowns. Are...

Redefining Teacher Development to Great Effect in Honduras

When Lucia was working as an assistant in a health clinic in her home community, Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (SAT)—a program designed to help people from rural areas gain a secondary-level education—recruited her to be a teacher. As soon as she started her new...
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